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2012-01-16 10:31

FLATTERING: Bimota's latest star, the DB10 Bimotard, is based on the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO.

JD van ZYL

You can be forgiven if Bimota isn’t top of mind when it comes to listing exotic Italian manufacturers. Despite an illustrious history in the 1970s and ’80s, which included more racing successes than we care to remember, the company went through a rough patch in the 1990s and closed its doors. More than once, in fact.

Since it was bought by a group of investors in 2003 the company has been keeping a relatively low profile, but that might well change with the striking new Bimotard.

As the name suggests, the DB10 Bimotard wants a share of the glory of the Ducati Hypermotard 1100 EVO on which it is based. The Bimotard is treated to its own modified frame and swingarm, though.


Bimota was also responsible for the bike’s exhaust system and its fully adjustable suspension.

Its total weight is 168kg, that’s 4kg less than the Ducati Hypermotard, and power comes courtesy of a Ducati-sourced 1078 cc, air-cooled, V-twin creating 72kW at 7500rpm. The DB10 Bimotard gets its stopping ability from radial-mounted, four piston Brembos in front that bite into 320mm discs.

The company has not announced any pricing for the new model yet, but be sure it will sport a premium over the comparative Ducati model.

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